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Lioness Kills Man Who Jumped Into Zoo Lion Pit
January 25, 2002
LISBON (Reuters) - A man, apparently wanting to commit suicide, jumped into the lion pit at Lisbon zoo where he was attacked and killed by a lioness.
Zoo officials said the 61-year-old man climbed a five-yard-high wall Thursday and leaped into the pit, home to 10 lions.
He ignored warnings from gardeners to remain still and instead began bothering the lions.
The group's oldest lion, a 10-year-old female, then attacked and killed the man. "She broke his neck...and he was dead instantly," zoo administrator Fernando Paisana told Reuters.
He said the man's body was not mauled or eaten. A police spokesman said the man had been distraught about the recent suicide of his son and the zoo death was an apparent suicide.
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